Safe Sport Newsletter

In this Newsletter

Volume 13
October 2015

  1. Welcome
  2. Safe Sport Updates
  3. Safe Sport Events
  4. Resources
  5. Reminders
  6. Safe Sport Awareness

Mark Your Calendar

11.4.2015 :: TBD
What Would You Do Webinar

Athlete FellowshipApplications Due

13 Helpful Links

  1. USA Swimming Safe Sport
  2. USA Swimming Education
  3. USOC Safe Sport
  4. Stop It Now! Child Sexual Abuse Prevent
  5. National Children's Advocacy Center
  6. Stop bullying
  7. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  8. Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
  9. Child Welfare League of America
  10. Safe 4 Athletes
  11. radKIDS
  12. National Children's Advocacy Center Lookup
  13. Safe Horizon

USA Swimming Safe Sport Contacts 

Susan Woessner,
Director of Safe Sport
swoessner@usaswimming.org Elizabeth Hoendervoogt,
Safe Sport Coordinator

Maggie Vail
Safe Sport Education Specialist



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The purpose of this newsletter is to provide a foundation that allows for direct on-going communication with each of you. Information contained within will cover the most current Safe Sport related information. If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions, please e-mail us atathleteprotection@usaswimming.org.

Safe Sport Updates

Applications are open until November 10! The Athlete Fellowship Program is a year-long leadership development program designed for athlete members who wish to be more involved in the governance of the organization with particular emphasis on Safe Sport. We are now accepting applications from athletes who want to develop projects to bring the Safe sport message to their local swim clubs and increase awareness of the Safe Sport movement. The Fellowship is anchored by three Leadership Institutes, where fellows will have the opportunity to dive deeper into leadership development practices and set personal goals. Athletes aged 15 and older are eligible to apply. Please find the application at www.usaswimming.org/protect or contact Maggie Vail mvail@usaswimming.org with questions.

Safe Sport Events

Convention Recap

Convention in Kansas City was a great success. This was one of the best, most well-received years for Safe Sport at Convention. Thanks to so many LSC Safe Sport Chairs and/or their representatives, the five Safe Sport sessions from Tuesday-Friday were well attended and enjoyed by most. 

Convention handouts can be found here and Safe Sport presentations from convention can be found here.

Congratulations Paul! This year’s Safe Sport Award winner was Paul Stockett. Paul designed and initiated The Middle Atlantic Incentive Program. The program offered an incentive to the clubs of Middle Atlantic Swimming to encourage their athletes to take the athlete protection training offered by Safe Sport. The training could have been taken online individually or in a group, and participation was tracked for a six week period. During that period, Middle Atlantic experienced a 26% increase in athletes taking the training, and the program is now ready to be replicated in other LSCs.


Successfully sustaining a culture of Safe Sport takes place at the club level. There are many tools and resources available to help support a positive culture. You can find all of the new promotional materials distributed at Convention and more at www.usaswimming.org/toolkit


What Would You Do Webinar On Wednesday, November 4 we will hold a webinar walking through real-life case scenarios and share the resources available to members to assist them in addressing the breaks in culture that may come up at their clubs and how to reduce that risk.

Safe Sport Awareness

The Lake Erie Project! Lake Erie Swimming has been piloting a Safe Sport program designed to promote awareness and education for both the LSC and the clubs. The LE Project features a comprehensive approach of online and in-person trainings, promotional tables at meets, including Safe Sport procedures in the meet management manual, and appointing a Safe Sport coordinator at clubs. You can review the project summary here. This is great work lead by Pam Cook! KUDOS!

If you have any Safe Sport projects you are working on please let us know. We would like to give you recognition as well!

Please continue to follow us on Twitter @SwimSafeSport and on Facebook at USA Swimming Safe Sport

You can find previous Newsletters here.